I did the Monster Mash

Hey crafty friends, welcome to another installment of my cheesy headlines! LOL! I couldn’t help myself, I’m just too excited for this cuteness. I’ve been hoarding these adorable Monster stamps from Bo-Bunny for awhile now so I was so excited when Doodles Paper Playground’s amazing September release included this crazy cool Monster Mash blend.

First I made the spooky sky to play along with Doodle Paper Playground’s September Mood Board Challenge over in the Sparkle Blends Fan Club. You can play along too! Enter your card here to win a gift certificate. I chose colors to match the blend. If you are interested in learning the spooky sky technique, I will be doing a live demo to kickoff Halloween on October 1 over at My Little Scrapbook Store‘s Facebook page.

Next I embossed the monster with white embossing powder on white watercolor paper. I took out my color bursts in blue and purple to match. I sprinkled them all over the paper then spritzed with water. I love the effect they create. Once dry, I fussy cut the monster then used an exacto knife to cut out his tummy and built a shaker element. The sentiment was also heat embossed right onto the spooky sky background.

This was a quick card with some really funny techniques. Using colorburst instead of colring the monster with Copics or Zigs saved a lot of time and made a nice effect that played well with the background. I hope you like it and give it a try. Don’t forget to share your creations and enter to win a gift certificate. Thanks for stopping by. It’s the weekend to hopefully you will find some time to make stuff and be happy.


Welcome to DPP’s August 2020 Release Blog Hop

Together with the Doodles Paper Playground design team, I am participating in the August Sparkle Blends Release Inspiration Blog Hop! There are 12 amazing new Sparkle Blends in this release & I am so excited to share some of them with you! Make sure you head over to the Sparkle Blends Shop & check out Pizza Party, Kiss A Lot Of Frogs, Pineapple Garden, Watermelon, Use Your Emoji-nation, Wonderland, Flutter By Butterfly, Grown Up Grape Juice, Bee Creative, Baby Shark, Citrus Tornado, & Ladybird. If you act quickly, there are even a few discounted release bundles left for order that include 2 FREE gifts & you will receive a pack of Glow In The Dark Bubbles with every order of $10 or more (while supplies last)! Want a chance to win one of 6 awesome prize packs? Make sure you leave comments on all blog hop posts! Comments must be posted no later than 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, August 16th 2020. See the Doodles Paper Playground Hop Post for additional prize info, giveaway rules and entry details! Use Coupon Code: AUG15OFF to take 15% off your total order. (Excludes August Release Bundle. Can not be combined with other coupons or offers. Can not be applied to previous Purchases. Offer ends August 22nd, 2020.)

I’m holding onto the last bits of summer with this fun card using “Baby Shark” Sparkle Blends. Check out the close ups to see the cut little clay sharks and beautiful, sparkly shades of blue. I found this amazing water stencil from MFT, although I think I still need to practice with it. Stamps are also from MFT. I found the fun holographic paper at Dollar General, of all places!

There were so many amazing blends to choose from this month, I couldn’t pick just one. How fun is “Wonderland?” Even if you are not an Alice in Wonderland fan, there are so many gorgeous elements in this blend. I used a digi stamp from Star Stampz along with Photplay paper and a sentiment from Picket Fence. Take a look at the close ups to see all the different shapes and colors in this blend.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Hoppers to see some amazing projects!!

Alison & Rhiannon






Gina <<<< You are here!


Doodles Paper Playground


Bananas for Blends

It’s probably a good thing my husband doesn’t read this blog. I would like to admit that I am so easily enabled by a good sale. I see any number followed by “…% OFF” and I am opening a new browser window. And forget if I see “FREE SHIPPING.” Then it’s time to text my friends. As well as “FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $50 OR MORE,” because then I need my friends to get in on the order so I can buy more stuff and not feel guilty. You know who you are.

So, recently I got to play with some new sets that came in the mail from aforementioned situations. Many of these new purchases…uh, I mean products, were strongly influenced by DPP’s new May release Sparkle Blends. These monkeys came from MFT’s BB Picture Perfect. This is definitely one of those sets that make you feel like you got a bang for your buck. Which I definitely did since I shopped a good sale. The set is 6″ X 8,” so these stamps are all a good size to color, not to mention so adorable. When I saw this set, I know it was a perfect pair for DPP’s Monkey Business Sparkle Blends.

I set a goal for all the recent purchases. Most likely to lessen the guilt of spending money. I wanted to make fresh, new card designs. I’ve been trying to push my design limits lately. This is a form of therapy for me. I like to challenge myself to break out of my own style and push my limits. This is like prep work for my professional design and will hopefully give me the confidence to push myself further when designing professionally.

As dramatic as that sounds, I started with something small. Simply put, size. I rarely, if ever stray from the standard 4.25″ X 5.5″ standard A6 card size. The reason being envelopes, sort of. All my cards are made with the intent of being given away. Sometimes I have a specific person or occasion in mind and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I feel like a nut, and most times I am. How will I mail a card that doesn’t fit in one of those 250 A6 envelopes I have sitting in my closet? I need it to fit in one of those envelopes so I can mail it to someone.

I went a little ape…well, you know. (Gotta love monkey puns.) I made it square. However, I did not make that decision before I made sure there was a variety of square sizes on my envelope punch board. This card is 5″ X 5″. Next time I think I’d like to go bigger (again, size). Cardstock, banana paper and alcohol markers I colored with are all from Stampin’ Up. The brown ink I used to stamp is Catherine Pooler’s Icing on the Cake. If you ask anyone at My Little Scrapbook Store, they will attest to this. Even if you don’t ask them, you should check them out for their live scrapbook and paper crafting sales (Yup, you can watch and shop in bed!) and Bingo nights. Yes, that’s right – live, online Bingo every Friday. Prizes are your choice of amazon or My Little Scrapbook Store gift cards, so the whole family can play. Tell them Gina C. sent you. You’re welcome.

Back to our regularly programmed craftiness. I blocked the center of this shaker so the Blends traveled around the center monkey image instead of falling behind it. The Monkey Business Blends are too cute to hide. I mean c’mon, it has banana slices. Take a look.